Top Albums of 2006





Rank All Time Rank Artist Album Genres
1
117
Amy Winehouse Back to Black Pop, Rhythm & Blues, Soul
2
145
Arctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not Indie Rock
3
292
The Knife Silent Shout Electropop, Synthpop
4
301
Joanna Newsom Ys Chamber Folk, Singer/Songwriter
5
348
TV on the Radio Return to Cookie Mountain Art Rock, Indie Rock
6
631
J Dilla [Jay Dee] Donuts Instrumental Hip Hop
7
641
Bob Dylan Modern Times Blues Rock, Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
8
686
Cat Power The Greatest Indie Rock, Singer/Songwriter
9
688
Justin Timberlake FutureSex/LoveSounds Dance-Pop
10
754
Hot Chip The Warning Electropop, Indietronica
11
775
Gnarls Barkley St. Elsewhere Experimental Hip Hop, Neo-Soul
12
897
The Hold Steady Boys and Girls in America Heartland Rock, Indie Rock, Pub Rock
13
904
Ghostface Killah Fishscale Hardcore Hip Hop
14
966
Clipse Hell Hath No Fury Gangsta Rap
15
1112
Liars Drum's Not Dead Art Rock, Experimental Rock
16
1159
Burial Burial Dubstep, Future Garage
17
1202
Scott Walker The Drift Experimental, Singer/Songwriter
18
1295
Lily Allen Alright, Still Pop
19
1307
Neko Case Fox Confessor Brings the Flood Alt-Country, Americana, Singer/Songwriter
20
1319
Grizzly Bear Yellow House Indie Folk, Psychedelic Folk
21
1383
Junior Boys So This Is Goodbye Electropop, Synthpop
22
1396
Midlake The Trials of Van Occupanther Americana, Folk Rock, Indie Folk
23
1400
The Decemberists The Crane Wife Folk Rock, Indie Folk, Indie Pop
24
1441
Belle and Sebastian The Life Pursuit Chamber Pop
25
1479
Beirut Gulag Orkestar Indie Folk
26
1742
Muse Black Holes & Revelations Alternative Rock
27
1876
Thom Yorke The Eraser Indietronica
28
1905
Bonnie "Prince" Billy The Letting Go Americana, Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter
29
1918
Tom Waits Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards Blues Rock, Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
30
1935
Band of Horses Everything All the Time Indie Rock
31
2064
Ali Farka Touré Savane Blues, Mande Music, Songhai Music
32
2173
The Raconteurs Broken Boy Soldiers Alternative Rock, Garage Rock Revival
33
2188
Camera Obscura Let's Get Out Of This Country Twee Pop
34
2257
M. Ward Post-War Folk Rock, Indie Folk, Singer/Songwriter
35
2430
Sonic Youth Rather Ripped Indie Rock
36
2452
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Show Your Bones Indie Rock
37
2601
Girl Talk Night Ripper Mashup
38
2608
Yo La Tengo I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass Indie Rock
39
2703
The Thermals The Body, The Blood, The Machine Indie Rock, Pop Punk
40
2743
The Gossip Standing in the Way of Control Dance-Punk
41
2792
Mastodon Blood Mountain Progressive Metal, Sludge Metal
42
2829
Bruce Springsteen We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions American Folk Music, Americana, Folk Rock

Albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
The Roots Game Theory Hip Hop
Destroyer Destroyer's Rubies Chamber Pop
Guillemots Through the Windowpane Chamber Pop
Lupe Fiasco Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor Conscious Hip Hop
The Flaming Lips At War with the Mystics Indie Pop, Neo-Psychedelia, Progressive Pop
Regina Spektor Begin to Hope Pop, Singer/Songwriter
Phoenix It's Never Been Like That Indie Pop, Indie Rock
Trentemøller The Last Resort Minimal Techno
Johnny Cash American V: A Hundred Highways Americana
Jenny Lewis with The Watson Twins Rabbit Fur Coat Alt-Country
Peter Bjorn and John Writer's Block Indie Pop
Studio West Coast/Yearbook 1 Balearic Beat
My Chemical Romance The Black Parade Pop Punk
Booka Shade Movements Tech House
Built to Spill You in Reverse Indie Rock
Bat for Lashes Fur and Gold Art Pop, Folktronica, Singer/Songwriter
Beyoncé B'Day Contemporary R&B, Pop
Ellen Allien & Apparat Orchestra of Bubbles Glitch Pop, IDM
Sr. Chinarro El mundo según Indie Pop, Pop Rock
T.I. King Dirty South, Gangsta Rap
Red Hot Chili Peppers Stadium Arcadium Alternative Rock
The Killers Sam's Town Alternative Rock, Pop Rock
Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan Ballad of the Broken Seas Chamber Folk, Singer/Songwriter
Pearl Jam Pearl Jam Alternative Rock, Hard Rock
Tim Hecker Harmony in Ultraviolet Ambient
The Pipettes We Are The Pipettes Girl Group, Indie Pop
Califone Roots & Crowns Alt-Country, Psychedelic Folk
Love Is All Nine Times That Same Song Twee Pop
Cold War Kids Robbers & Cowards Indie Rock
The Streets The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living UK Hip Hop
Jarvis Cocker Jarvis Britpop, Indie Pop
Spank Rock YOYOYOYOYO Hip Hop
Mogwai Mr. Beast Post-Rock
Scritti Politti White Bread Black Beer Sophisti-Pop
Herbert Scale Art Pop, House
Tool 10,000 Days Alternative Metal, Progressive Rock
Standstill Vivalaguerra Indie Rock, Post-Hardcore
Espers Espers II Psychedelic Folk
Ornette Coleman Sound Grammar Free Jazz
Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaint The River in Reverse Adult Contemporary, New Orleans R&B
The Long Blondes Someone to Drive You Home Indie Pop, Post-Punk Revival
Subtle For Hero: For Fool Abstract Hip Hop, Experimental Hip Hop
Beck The Information Alternative Rock
Iron Maiden A Matter of Life and Death Heavy Metal
John Mayer Continuum Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
My Morning Jacket Okonokos Indie Rock
Morrissey Ringleader of the Tormentors Alternative Rock, Pop Rock
Silversun Pickups Carnavas Indie Rock, Shoegaze
Donald Fagen Morph the Cat Jazz Pop, Soft Rock
Damien Rice 9 Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter
John Legend Once Again Neo-Soul
The Dears Gang of Losers Indie Rock
DJ Drama & Lil Wayne Dedication 2: Gangsta Grillz Gangsta Rap
Final Fantasy He Poos Clouds Chamber Pop
Neil Young Living with War Rock
Nelly Furtado Loose Contemporary R&B, Dance-Pop
Sparklehorse Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain Indie Pop, Lo-Fi Indie
The Strokes First Impressions of Earth Garage Rock Revival, Indie Rock
Lindsey Buckingham Under the Skin Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
Carla Bozulich Evangelista Experimental, Singer/Songwriter
Danielson Ships Indie Pop
The Kooks Inside In Inside Out Indie Pop, Indie Rock
Drive-By Truckers A Blessing and a Curse Southern Rock
Alejandro Escovedo The Boxing Mirror Alternative Rock
Sunset Rubdown Shut Up I Am Dreaming Indie Rock
Scissor Sisters Ta-Dah Dance-Pop
New York Dolls One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This Glam Rock
Los Lobos The Town and the City Heartland Rock, Latin Rock, Tex-Mex
Comets On Fire Avatar Hard Rock, Psychedelic Rock
The Coup Pick a Bigger Weapon Conscious Hip Hop, Political Hip Hop
Patrick Watson Close to Paradise Chamber Pop, Singer/Songwriter
Nathan Fake Drowning in a Sea of Love IDM
Brightblack Morning Light Brightblack Morning Light Neo-Psychedelia
Rosanne Cash Black Cadillac Alt-Country, Contemporary Country
Dixie Chicks Taking the Long Way Country Pop, Pop Rock
Toumani Diabaté Boulevard de l'indépendence Mande Music
Matmos The Rose Has Teeth in the Mouth of a Beast Electronic, Experimental
J Dilla The Shining Hip Hop
PeterLicht Lieder vom Ende des Kapitalismus Electropop, Singer/Songwriter
Sunn O))) & Boris Altar Drone
Sparks Hello Young Lovers Art Pop, Chamber Pop
Mission of Burma The Obliterati Post-Punk
The Rapture Pieces of the People We Love Dance-Punk, Post-Punk Revival
The Sleepy Jackson Personality: One Was a Spider, One Was a Bird Baroque Pop, Dream Pop, Indie Pop
Islands Return to the Sea Indie Pop, Indie Rock
...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead So Divided Art Rock, Indie Rock
Paul Simon Surprise Singer/Songwriter
Kante Die Tiere sind unruhig Indie Rock
12Twelve L'univers Free Jazz, Post-Rock
Converge No Heroes Mathcore
Howe Gelb Sno Angel Like You Alt-Country
Lambchop Damaged Chamber Pop
Razorlight Razorlight Indie Rock, Pop Rock
The Beatles Love Pop Rock
Kasabian Empire Alternative Dance, Indie Rock
Grandaddy Just Like the Fambly Cat Indie Pop, Indie Rock
Man Man Six Demon Bag Experimental Rock
Current 93 Black Ships Ate the Sky Neofolk
Fujiya & Miyagi Transparent Things Indietronica, Krautrock
Slayer Christ Illusion Thrash Metal
The DFA The DFA Remixes: Chapter One Dance-Punk, Electro-Disco
Pet Shop Boys Fundamental Synthpop
Isis In the Absence of Truth Atmospheric Sludge Metal
Archie Bronson Outfit Derdang Derdang Blues Rock, Indie Rock
Wolf Eyes Human Animal Noise
Sufjan Stevens The Avalanche: Outtakes and Extras from the Illinois Album Chamber Pop, Indie Folk, Singer/Songwriter
OOIOO Taiga Experimental Rock
Corinne Bailey Rae Corinne Bailey Rae Contemporary R&B, Pop Soul, Singer/Songwriter
Juana Molina Son Folktronica, Singer/Songwriter
Blumfeld Verbotene Früchte Indie Pop, Singer/Songwriter
Cursive Happy Hollow Indie Rock, Post-Hardcore
AFX Chosen Lords Acid Techno
Vetiver To Find Me Gone Folk Rock
Beth Orton Comfort of Strangers Folk Pop, Singer/Songwriter
Bert Jansch The Black Swan Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter
Plan B Who Needs Actions When You Got Words UK Hip Hop
Secret Machines Ten Silver Drops Indie Rock
Die Goldenen Zitronen Lenin Art Rock, Post-Punk
OutKast Idlewild Film Soundtrack, Hip Hop
Nellie McKay Pretty Little Head Jazz Pop, Singer/Songwriter
Kelley Stoltz Below the Branches Indie Pop, Piano Rock
Graham Coxon Love Travels at Illegal Speeds Britpop, Indie Rock
Basement Jaxx Crazy Itch Radio Dance-Pop
The Young Knives Voices of Animals & Men Indie Rock
Bunbury & Vegas El tiempo de las cerezas Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
The Blood Brothers Young Machetes Post-Hardcore
Sway This Is My Demo UK Hip Hop
Oneida Happy New Year Psychedelic Rock
Josh Rouse Subtítulo Folk Pop, Indie Pop, Singer/Songwriter
Calexico Garden Ruin Alt-Country, Americana, Folk Rock
The Rifles No Love Lost Indie Rock, Power Pop
Howling Bells Howling Bells Indie Rock
The Handsome Family Last Days of Wonder Alt-Country
Jolie Holland Springtime Can Kill You Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter
The Futureheads News and Tributes Post-Punk Revival
Candi Staton His Hands Soul
120 Days 120 Days Indietronica
The Mountain Goats Get Lonely Indie Folk, Singer/Songwriter